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• Kalish, optioned to Triple-A Iowa Monday, said he was looking forward to working with Manny Ramirez, hired on Sunday as a player-coach.

"He was an awesome guy to have around," Kalish said of Ramirez. "I'm sure now he's in a place where he wants to share his game and coach people. I'll listen. It's going to be awesome to hear what he has to say."

Did Kalish think Ramirez, 41, was ready for the bus rides in the Minor Leagues?

"There's something passionate about the game for him," Kalish said. "It'll be interesting to see what he's got going on."

Carrie Muskat is a reporter for She writes a blog, Muskat Ramblings, and you can follow her on Twitter @CarrieMuskat.
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